The opposition parties in Assam, students’ bodies and the civil societies are protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, claiming it will change the region’s demography and violates the historic 1985 Assam Accord
Guwahati, February 8, 2019
As the state is gearing up for Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s two-day Northeast visit starting from February 8th, 2019, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) stated that effigies of Modi will be burnt by the AASU activists across the state on February 9th, 2019.
Addressing the media here, AASU president Dipankar Kumar Nath said, “On Friday (February 9th, 2019), the AASU activists will burn effigies of Prime Minister Modi and replicas of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in various districts of the state. We are against his visit to the Northeast as he is against the interests of the people of the region.”
“We have been vocal about our stand on the Bill. We have been raising this Bill issue since long. But Modi is not paying any heed to our demands and instead, his government is adamant on passing the Bill at the Rajya Sabha. Until the Bill, we will continue to protest against it,” he added.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955, to grant nationality to people belonging to minority communities — Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians — in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan after six years of their residence in India.
KMSS to stage Black Day
Firebrand peasant leader Akhil Gogoi on February 2nd, 2019 urged the people of Assam to stage protests during Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the state.
Gogoi along with the representatives of 70 indigenous groups recently met the national opposition parties over the much-debated Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. Gogoi also spoke to the leadership of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIMDK) and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) regarding the Bill. “The KMSS along with other protesting bodies will observe the day of Modi’s visit to Assam as a ‘black day’,” Gogoi said.
The AASU staged a 10-hour-long statewide hunger strike on February 4th, 2019 across the state against the Bharatiya Janata Party’s move to grant Indian citizenship to immigrants by implementing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
NESO meets RaGa
A delegation of the North East Students’ Organisation (NESO), an umbrella organization of the students’ bodies of the Northeastern states, called on the Congress president Rahul Gandhi on February 4th, 2019 over the Bill issue and urged the Congress not to walk out from taking part in the debate in the Rajya Sabha over the issue.